Order Your Car Parts at Firkins Automotive
Keeping your vehicle in tip-top shape is key in order to make sure it runs to the best of its ability. Sometimes, that involves tuning parts, but other times, you’ll have to replace things altogether. We sell just about anything you could possibly need to get your car running perfectly here at Firkins Auto Group, and you can always rest assured that we have great prices and quality parts.
One of the most important things to monitor is your brake pads. Some of us forget entirely that they more worn down they become, the less friction and control we have on the road. Brake pads work through a series of parts. The two front wheels contain an apparatus composed of metallic discs known as rotors. The rotors sit beneath calipers, which act like clamps. Each time your foot hits the brakes, the calipers tighten on the rotors, which allows the wheels to gradually spin more slowly until you come to a complete stop. Your brake pads sit between the calipers and the rotors and can be removed due to the fact that they eventually wear down from the friction. If your brake pads become too worn, your brakes won’t work effectively and you can cause major damage to your car.
There are a few telltale signs that will let you know its time to swap out those brake pads. Most brake pads now come equipped with “wear indicators” to let you know when it’s time to change. If you hear any sort of squealing noise that can only be quieted by putting your foot down on the brakes, your pads are likely telling you they need to be swapped.
A clicking noise is also indicative of worn down pads. When they start to wear down, other parts can loosen and rattle back in forth into each other leading to an annoying but telling sound.
One of the biggest red flags is often how long it actually takes to stop your car! Known as “brake fade,” you’ll eventually start braking much earlier than you normally would, and possibly even press your foot all the way to the floor to have control over your ability to come to a complete stop.
Think your brakes could use a facelift? Give us a call at Firkins Auto today so we can help you get your vehicle running as safely and efficiently as possible without breaking the bank on new brake pads! Come by and see us on First Street at Bradenton, Florida, or give us a call at 941.216.7959.